Gluten-Free Kourabiethes

Kourabiethes (Greek Almond Biscuits) Recipe

Kourabiethes are traditional Greek almond shortbread biscuits. Synonymous with every Christmas and Easter celebration at our house growing up, I would inevitably end up dusted in a cloud of icing sugar as I ate through the snowy pile on my plate. My recipe for these is beautifully fragrant and buttery with the perfect amount of crunch from toasted almonds and a gorgeous aroma from rosewater and ouzo. Remember to toast the almonds for that all-important crunch and warm, nutty notes.

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Gluten-Free Kourabiethes
Kourabiethes (Greek Almond Biscuits)
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Greek
Servings: 25 servings
Calories: 145 kcal
  • ½ pound unsalted butter , room temperature
  • ½ cup powdered/icing sugar , sifted, plus more for dusting
  • 2 ¾ cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup slivered almonds , toasted
  • 1 tablespoon ouzo
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon rosewater (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. In a mixer, beat butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
  3. Roll dough into 25 even-sized crescent shapes and place on the baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes or until browned.
  4. Remove from oven and let cool on the tray. Dust liberally with powdered sugar.
Recipe Notes

If the dough is too sticky to roll, refrigerate for 10 minutes and dust with a little extra flour.

Nutrition Facts
Kourabiethes (Greek Almond Biscuits)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 145 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 94mg4%
Potassium 32mg1%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 225IU5%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Gluten-Free Kourabiethes Recipe

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